Lots on tap at S.C. State Museum

First Posted: 3:41 pm - August 4th, 2015

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COLUMBIA — The Southeastern Toy Soldier Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 at the S.C. State Museum and attendees can see, buy or trade toy soldiers or other military miniatures from various periods of history.

In conjunction with the new exhibit Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, a Lincoln impersonator will be on site throughout the day. This event is included with museum membership or general admission.

Annual Fall Festival

Kick off the fall season at the annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19. This event presents a mixture of opportunities for guests to eat a variety of South Carolina-made barbecue and other delicious food, listen to live bluegrass music, meet folk artists and craftsmen, watch demonstrations of their skills and even purchase works of art and crafts. Fall Festival is included with museum membership or general admission. Food, drink and art purchases are an additional price.

Carolina Makers Music Nights

Enjoy live music inside the Carolina Makers art exhibition from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second and last Tuesday of the month through Jan. 26, 2016. The Second Tuesdays will feature performances by members of the Musicians and Songwriters Guild of South Carolina, and on the last Tuesdays, the public is invited to bring their own acoustic instrument and jam out with members of the South Carolina Bluegrass and Traditional Music Association. These music nights are included with museum membership or general admission.

Second Shift Twosdays

The Museum is open late every Tuesday until 8 p.m. for Second Shift Twosdays. General admission is two for $10 starting at 5 p.m.. The Boeing Observatory hours have been extended to 10 p.m.


• Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War tells the story of how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War — the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. The exhibit is comprised of panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment. The exhibit is free to the public and can be seen through Aug. 21.

• Threads: The Story in Our Clothes features more than 200 years of clothing and fashion. It opens Aug. 22. The pieces on exhibit tell the unique stories of South Carolina, either through their creation or in the lives of the people who wore them. The exhibition is included with museum membership or general admission.

• Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper, opening Sept. 19, tells the story of the Lowcountry through the eyes of South Carolina self-taught printmaker James Fowler Cooper. The exhibit is included with museum membership or general admission.

• Julius Caesar: Roman Military, Might and Machines — the Museum’s next major blockbuster exhibition — opens Sept. 26. This international traveling exhibit brings to life one of the most technologically significant times in the history of mankind by showcasing more than 50 intricately designed and functional inventions from the height of the Roman Empire. This interactive exhibition features war machines, transportation machines and civil machines, recreated scaled artifacts, digital files of images, computer animations and more.

4D Movies

• Planet Earth: Pole to Pole and Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs – The 4D Experience! are showing through Aug. 7.

• Rio: The 4D Experience debuts Aug. 8. When the last blue macaws on Earth, Blu and Jewel, are captured by bird smugglers, they must work together despite Blu’s inability to fly. Join them as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime that has them dodging beach balls, umbrellas, carnival floats, and beach-goers as they try to escape the claws of evil cockatoo Nigel.

• Planet Earth: Shallow Sea 4D Experience, a 15-minute epic 4D adventure, debuts Aug. 8. Attendees will hear the power of the ocean’s waves as they crash along the shoreline, and feel the salty spray as you surf the coast with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in search of food. Glide alongside a cast of balletic sea lions as they dive through vast swirling bait balls of anchovy, and track a mother humpback whale and her calf as they navigate from their tropical nursery to the Artic Circle.

Planetarium Shows

• Dark: Understanding Dark Matter, a new full-dome planetarium show, explores the nature of dark matter, a mysterious substance that makes up 80 percent of the matter in the Universe. Dark is followed by a live sky tour, in which a presenter will identify constellations, planets and other celestial objects in the current night sky.

• Laser Fun, a planetarium laser light show, is an assortment of family-friendly songs by various artists set to a laser light show. Laser Fun has songs for everyone, including “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel, “ABC” by Jackson 5 and “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac. Shows are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

• Other shows now playing include Violent Universe: Catastrophes of the Cosmos and Earth, Moon and Sun

Observatory Programming

Solar Observing is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Evening observing is until 10 p.m. Tuesdays during Second Shift Twosdays. Observing can be done only if the sky is clear and may be canceled if the weather does not permit.

Closing Exhibitions

Finding Freedom’s Home: Archaeology at Mitchelville closes Aug. 23 while BUGS! Giant Robotic Creatures and Halsey 100 both close Sept. 7. Face Vessels: Archaeological Evidence of Face Vessels Manufactured in Old Edgefield South Carolina closes Sept. 19.

The South Carolina State Museum, located at 301 Gervais St. in Columbia, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (with extended observatory hours until 10 p.m.) Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit scmuseum.org to learn more.

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